Video of Teacher’s Companion v2.2 in use

Teacher’s Companion post version 2 is a joy to use and it is streamlining a majority of my teaching business. I especially like the storing of lesson template files so they can be exported using third-party software to do additional work such as printing work-sheets, etc. The Courses layout is a great section to create lesson plans, and even reuse earlier lesson components such as templates. Check out the short YouTube clip to see a quick overview of the layouts.

 

 

 

Courses layout looks terrible

It has been a long day and I am pulling my hair out trying to work out how to display the plan description when a lesson plan date/time is selected. I realise there is not a lot of real estate space for many portals and working with three columns whilst giving as much space to the third is where the creative wheels are falling off.  I think the initial idea is good, it’s the layout that is terrible.

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Layouts changing to the new look

Changing the layout theme for an entire solution is a big job, but it needs to be done.  You will notice a few new layout icons, including: Calendar, Suppliers, Reports and Options. We have finished the Options layout with a few global fields such as an image field for your business logo, and a footer template for invoices.  The Suppliers layout is still in its infancy and needs a lot more work. The Calendar and Reports icons are just placeholders at this stage.  Enjoy the sneak peek.

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New User Interface (UI)

Looking at this unattractive user interface day in and day out is starting to take its toll, so I have decided to give the entire look and feel a make-over. This is the very first design for the Contact layout and I’m liking it.

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Using v1.5 for my teaching business

Well, we are now at version 1.5 and I have been using Teacher’s Companion for my teaching business for a few months now and am starting to feel that the business processes such as lesson management, student payment and progress recording is becoming easier and much more streamlined.

Take a sneak peak at the various layouts as well as a few extras such as the Templates List and the generated PDF Invoice.

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Our v1.0 is launched

We have finally finished the first stable version.  Yes, it does not look great, maybe even worse than a dog’s breakfast, but it works well and contains some useful features.

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Invoices, Products and Purchases

Beta v0.3 of Teacher’s Companion introduced three more layouts – Invoices, Products and Purchases.

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Introducing the Templates layout

The Templates layout is designed to hold your lesson templates and courseware. This is the very first design for this layout, which currently allows you to save files attachments.

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First Beta of Teacher’s Companion (v0.1)

The very first Beta version of Teacher’s Companion has come to fruition for FileMaker Pro. Only the first two screens have been considered including the Customers layout and the Lessons layout.

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The very beginning

It is the 28th October 2010, and this is the birth date for Teacher’s Companion. A time where I decided I need a database solution for my teaching business. I found myself getting totally swamped/lost with song and document files and I felt that if only I had a database solution that could manage both my students and also my courseware.